An Amazing Summer!

follow link Well, Summer is going by fast and here we are at the end of August. The old saying is that time flies when you are having fun and we have had loads of fun! Our summer has been cooler than some in the past with the more moderate temperatures that I remember as a boy. What a relief to escape the drought and the extreme heat of the summers past! We have had adequate rainfall and this has brought about a glut of hay. It seems with farming it is either feast or famine! The Spring kidding season was exciting with new kids and watching our younger does bloom into beautiful milkers. It was another sold out year for us as all buck and doe kids that were available for sale went to their new homes. Congratulations to all of our clients, we hope that they turn out to be better than your highest hopes and dreams. We were able to keep six doe kids to strengthen our milking and show string. Four of these youngsters have already won a dry leg toward their championship, the other two were too young to take to the show and will either get their turn this fall or next Spring. We kept a doe kid from these breedings: Gch Huckberry Frost X POTF Lizzie’s Rex, Gch Snap Dragon X Starbuck, Pepper X Kastdemur’s Show and Tell, Ginger Snap X Explorer, and Raspberry X Explorer. We also added 3 young bucks to our herd, Pruittville’s Monarch (CH Java Chiller X Starbuck) Pruittville’s Doctor Iron Beard (CH Caramel Corn X CH Apollo) and Pruittville’s Lincoln (GCH Huckberry Frost X Price O The Field Lizzie’s Rex). We also brought home Explorer’s son and littermate to Poinsettia, Pruittville’s E/H Super Nitro. We had some does that left the herd, Pepper and Raspberry but we were really saddened when Gch Sugar Baby died from a torn uterus after giving birth to 3 large buck kids. Another tragedy was losing our herd sire Explorer to an injury. However the cycle of life and death goes on with a farm, the joys of having new kids and the loss of ones that we love. It is part of the whole process and makes life challenging. This summer took us to St. Paul, MN for the 2013 ADGA National Show. It was a grueling all night trip for our team. Frost our aged 9 year old did not travel well and took several days to recover. She actually gave us a scare, as we were worried about her not eating or drinking. By the end of the week she had recovered some but didn’t make the milk we had hoped for. Of the 9 animals we took to represent our farm, we placed in the top ten with all but one who stood at 11th place in her class. In the Juniors, we took 2nd place in the yearling class with Savannah and overall had 2nd place best 3 females. In the seniors division in the 4 year old class, Caramel Corn was 3rd with 2nd udder. Our biggest win though was with Java Chiller who was 1st place 3 year old and 1st udder. She then went on to win Reserve Best Udder! In the group classes, we had the 2nd place best 3 females and the 5th place dairy herd. We left the National Show feeling that we represented our farm and the Nubian breed well with hopes and dreams of bigger wins in years to come. Breeding season is now upon us and plans are being made for the next spring crop of kids. Be sure and watch for our breeding page to be updated with our exciting plans for 2014 kidding season!

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